Press Releases

10/14/14 | October 17, 2014 update: Grimes has announced she will be taking the ad down: Grimes campaign tells immigration-reform advocates she will pull offending ad and not use ‘the i word’ – #kysen #CIR — Joe Sonka (@joesonka) October 17, 2014 UPDATE: A number of progressive and get-out-the-vote groups have begun responding to Grimes.  Here’s a […] | Read More »

10/09/14 | As Greg Sargent of the Washington Post notes, recent GOP fear-mongering on immigration issues do not bode well for a party trying to rebrand itself to Latino voters in the lead up to 2016. His piece entitled, “The future of GOP relations with Latinos, in one ad” follows below and can be viewed online here. […] | Read More »

10/06/14 | New Analyses from the American Immigration Council and the Center for American Progress Demolish GOP Talking Point about “Unconstitutional” Nature of President Obama’s Impending Executive Action Washington, DC – Despite Republican assertions that executive action on immigration from President Obama would represent an unconstitutional power grab, two new analyses show this assertion is wildly mistaken. […] | Read More »

10/03/14 | As two must-reads by Jim Newell of Salon and Dara Lind of Vox highlight, recent comments from Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) suggesting the possibility of reform in 2015 are a trap designed to prevent the President from taking executive action that would protect millions of people.  Here’s why the President would be wise to blow past Boehner’s comments […] | Read More »

10/03/14 | “We Look to You, Mr. President, for Big, Bold, Unapologetic Administrative Relief” The most important comments from last night’s Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) annual gala did not come from President Obama, but rather Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) who called on the President to deliver executive action that protects millions. As he noted: As we […] | Read More »

10/02/14 | For the first time since his decision to delay executive action, the President is slated to speak tonight to a group of Latino leaders at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Conference.  He shouldn’t be surprised if he finds an audience frustrated by six years of broken promises and unmet expectations on immigration.  Two important […] | Read More »

09/26/14 | Targeted for Deportation After Trying to Pay Traffic Ticket, Marinela Martinez-Magana is Overjoyed to Be Able to Stay with Family Today, in the wake of an inspiring rally that drew hundreds of supporters, Marinela Martinez-Magana—an over 10 year resident of Columbus, OH with three U.S. citizen children under the age of nine—was granted a one-year […] | Read More »

09/26/14 | To listen to a recording of today’s call, click here. Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced that DACA recipients can now apply for enlistment into the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI)—a program open to a limited number of individuals who possess unique medical and language skills.  The problem is that, at most, only […] | Read More »

09/25/14 | CD-06 Congressman Rejects Bipartisan Senate Bill Because a 15-year Wait, Thousands of dollars in Fines, English classes and a Background Check Are Too “Automatic” of a Path  At Tuesday’s Denver Post debate between Rep. Mike Coffman (R, CD-6) and challenger, Andrew Romanoff, Rep. Coffman stated that he did not support the bipartisan Senate immigration bill because […] | Read More »

09/25/14 | Opening MAVNI Program to DACAmented Youth Will Help Practically No One Today, the Department of Defense announced that DACA recipients can now apply for enlistment into the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI)—a program open to a limited number of individuals who possess unique medical and language skills for operations, mostly in Afghanistan and […] | Read More »

09/23/14 | Some Get Relief, Others Continue Painful Wait in Limbo President Obama decided to wait on immigration policy reforms until after the November mid-term elections.  But from now until November, scores of Ohio families—including many with U.S. citizen members–face imminent deportation.  Their lives simply cannot wait for an election to take place; they need action from […] | Read More »

09/18/14 | Following a procedural vote that failed on the Senate floor this evening, in which Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) attempted to pass a procedural motion so they could bring forward a bill that would prevent future executive action on immigration by President Obama and strip work permits from DACA recipients, Frank Sharry, […] | Read More »

09/18/14 | Support for Legal Status, Path to Citizenship and Immigration Reform Remain Strong, Especially When Given Details Five public polls that included questions regarding immigration policy have been released in the past week.  Three were national polls, sponsored by the New York Times/CBS News, Washington Post/ABC News and NBC News/Wall Street Journal (with a Latino voter […] | Read More »

09/16/14 | Frustration and anger can translate into inaction and paralysis, or they can fuel change. I prefer the second option because if participation of Hispanics in elections were equivalent to our population numbers, we’d be in a very different place, especially if we voted in larger numbers on every level, not just in the presidential elections, […] | Read More »

09/12/14 | It’s been about a week since President Obama announced that he would delay his anticipated executive action on immigration reform, and the President has come under severe criticism for his delay.  Spanish-language media, immigration reform advocates, TV show hosts, and members of Congress have all blasted Obama for his perceived prioritization of politics over relief for millions […] | Read More »

09/11/14 | For those still wondering why the Latino community and immigration activists and allies are so frustrated by President Obama’s announced delay on immigration executive action, Joe Sudbay’s piece “Democrats Can’t Keep Ignoring Immigrants and Their Allies” is a must-read.  Joe, a friend of the immigration reform community and an advisor to America’s Voice, authored a […] | Read More »

09/10/14 | Leading editorial boards are decrying the decision by President Obama to delay executive action on immigration, citing how political fears have triumphed over the pressing need for immigration policy changes. A New York Times editorial, “Another Broken Promise on Immigration,” reads in part: The real reason [for delaying executive action], Mr. Obama’s aides have acknowledged, […] | Read More »

09/09/14 | As they were scuttling action on immigration by the President “by the end of summer,” Senators like Mark Pryor (D-AR), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Angus King (I-ME) and others said reform should be worked out in Congress.  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) picked up the mantle, asserting that the House of Representatives could pass […] | Read More »